Bamako, Mali. August 27th. Nigeria’s national women’s basketball team, D’Tigress beat Senegal 65-48 today, Sunday, at the final of the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket Championship in Bamako, Mali to become three time African champions.
Evelyn Akhator led the way with team-highs of 13points and seven rebounds in the winning effort. On the other side Astou Traore sparked Senegal with game-high 17 points but it was not enough to seal the victory for their side. Courtesy of qualifying for the Final, both Nigeria and Senegal have qualified for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 in Spain.
Photo: Nigeria’s national women’s basketball team, D’Tigress celebrate their THIRD African title in bamako Mali
Earlier in the day, Mali claimed the last spot on the podium, after edging out Mozambique, 75-52, in the 3rd-Place Game.
Traore was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, headlining the All-Star Five Awards offered by Tissot, where she was joined by Evelyn Akhator (Nigeria; Italee Lucas(Angola), Leia Dongue ( Mozambique) and Nagnouma Coulibaly (Mali).
D’Tigress on Saturday narrowly defeated hosts Mali 48-47 in an explosive semifinal clash to qualify for the final. D’Tigress have thus qualified for the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup in Spain.
Photo: Nigeria’s national women’s basketball team, D’Tigress celebrate their THIRD African title
As in their quarterfinal outing against Ivory Coast, the Nigerian bench was more effective against the Malians as they produced 14 points while the hosts managed seven from their bench.
Reigning champions Senegal set up a Final against Nigeria after defeating Mozambique 72-52 on Saturday at the ongoing FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2017 at the Palais des Sports Salamatou Maiga in Bamako, Mali.
FIBA, the world governing body for basketball – is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).